Category Archives: 3-5 storybook

The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak” on YouTube

This innovative and wildly funny read-aloud by award-winning humorist/actor B.J. Novak will turn any reader into a comedian.
You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . . . here’s how books work. Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud. Even if the words say . . .


Even if the words are a preposterous song about eating ants for breakfast, or just a list of astonishingly goofy sounds like BLAGGITY BLAGGITY and GLIBBITY GLOBBITY.

Cleverly irreverent and irresistibly silly, The Book with No Pictures is one that kids will beg to hear again and again. (And parents will be happy to oblige.)

Watching kids while this story is being read to them is one of the greatest experiences ever. One experience that tops that is actually reading this story to kids and being the cause of the laughter! This book is just so much fun! Who would have thought that a book with no pictures in it could be this entertaining?!?

Kids just love the idea that the grownups are being forced into saying these foolish things, and that there is no way out of it…because that is how books work.

I also think that this book without pictures shows kids that the chapter books that are on their way are not as boring or scary as they imagine 😉

I love this book, I love the idea of this book, and I love what this book does to people! Check out the video of the author B.J Novak reading his book to kids, and their infectious reaction!

The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak:


The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce


Morris Lessmore loved words.
He loved stories.
He loved books.
But every story has its upsets.
Everything in Morris Lessmore’s life, including his own story, is scattered to the winds.
But the power of story will save the day.
Stunningly brought to life by William Joyce, one of the preeminent creators in children’s literature, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a modern masterpiece, showing that in today’s world of traditional books, eBooks, and apps, it’s story that we truly celebrate—and this story, no matter how you tell it, begs to be read again and again.


This was such a magical read. This story, like so many others, was recommended to me by a friend, and it has been one of my favorites ever since.

Although it is a 3-5 storybook, I have recommended it to the 6-8 age group as well. It’s fun and has enough words to keep a beginner reader interested. I find that anyone who enjoys reading and/or pixar movies tends to enjoy this read as well. It’s got a very pixar- like feel to it.

This story shows just how much books can light up someone’s life and color their world! The right story can make all the difference!

The video version of the book was awarded an Oscar for best animated short film at the 84th Academy awards!

Everyone should check out each version! They are both amazing!!

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore:

Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers


A flagship publication, gloriously bringing the alphabet to life in irresistible Oliver Jeffers style!
The letters of our alphabet work tirelessly to make words that in turn make stories, but what if there was a story FOR each of the letters instead? Turn the pages of this exquisite book to find out…
Here you will discover twenty-six short stories introducing a host of new characters (plus the occasional familiar face). From Edmund the astronaut with his awkward fear of heights, via the dynamic new investigative duo of the Owl and the Octopus, through to the Zeppelin that just might get Edmund a little bit closer to where he needs to be, this book is packed with funny, thrilling, perilous and above all entertaining tales inspired by every letter in the alphabet.
An adventure to follow from A to Z, or a treasure trove to dip in and out of, Once Upon an Alphabet is a work of exhilarating originality from artist Oliver Jeffers, the creator of much-loved modern classics such as Lost and Found and The Incredible Book Eating Boy.


Now the first thing you’re going to want to do is flip to the first letter in your name and find out what your story is. Mine was L. I was not disappointed.

The first story I read was my letter, and then I flipped to the letters of all of my loved ones, so my first reading was all over the place and wonderful! The second time I picked up this book I read it from cover to cover.

The second time around I was able to see how the stories fit together! Characters from one letter showed up in other letters, characters from the authors other books made appearances, and some details from the illustrations ended up in multiple stories! All very well put together! Also, each letter has multiple things associated with their letter on their pages…so it’s kind of fun to see how many you can find!

Any way you choose to read this book I can pretty much guarantee you’re going to find something you love, if not the whole book!

Hug Machine by Scott Campbell


Who have YOU hugged today? Open your arms to this delightfully tender, goofy, and sweet tale.

Watch out world, here he comes! The Hug Machine!

Whether you are big, or small, or square, or long, or spikey, or soft, no one can resist his unbelievable hugs! HUG ACCOMPLISHED!

This endearing story encourages a warm, caring, and buoyantly affectionate approach to life. Everyone deserves a hug—and this book! – See more at:



So this is my first review of a 3-5 age group storybook! And I’m excited for it to be Hug Machine! This book is absolutely adorable!! It really does make you want to go out and hug everyone!

Slightly quirky, 100% sweet, I think it really teaches us to be nice to everyone. Giving that little bit extra could mean the world to someone small..or spikey…or that inanimate object we sometimes take for granted. Lol!

This is a wonderfully fun feel good story that I would recommend to everyone! Check it out! I dare you not to smile…Hug accomplished! 🙂